FAQ

What is Green Acres Permaculture Village?

Green Acres Permaculture Village is a small, retrofit, intergenerational intentional community in Bloomington, Indiana that integrates self-knowledge and expression with a shared culture among humans and the living Earth to encourage abundance on every level.

For more specific details about our community, see our listing in the Fellowship for Intentional Community directory: https://www.ic.org/directory/green-acres-permaculture-village-current/

What’s an ecovillage? What’s cohousing?

An ecovillage is a type of intentional community with a particular focus on sustainability. There are hundreds of ecovillages around the world, with new ones forming every day.

Cohousing is a form of intentional community that balances the need for privacy with the need for community, generally by structuring private residences around a shared “common house.”

Our community combines elements of ecovillages and cohousing communities.

Where is Green Acres?

Green Acres Permaculture Village is at the corner of Overhill Drive and Dekist Street. It is in Green Acres Neighborhood, which borders the IU Bloomington campus on the east.  

When are Community Dinners?

Join us at Green Acres every Thursday evening at 7pm for dinner with friends and neighbors. The dinners are not potlucks, but giftings. However, you are welcome to bring food, drink or a donation, if that works for you. In any case, not necessary! Or maybe your guitar or banjo? In any case, come.

Plus, we have now introduced “offerings” after dinner on occasion. So far, these have included a Feldenkrais class, a talk about the astrology of Donald Trump and the U.S.A., knife sharpening skills, and salsa dancing lessons.

Can I get involved even if I don’t live in Green Acres?

We would love that! The best way to get involved is to start coming to our gatherings. To stay informed about our events, join our email list and follow us on Facebook.

Are older folks welcome in the ecovillage? Are IU students?

Yes! We welcome folks of all ages who are attracted to our vision, whether singles, couples, or families with kids. With this caveat: due to our small size (only three homes), we cannot function as a “retirement home,” where older people can age in place until death. If we were larger, that would work. Anyone who lives here needs to be able-bodied, due to the type of physical work an urban farm requires. 

Why create an ecovillage? What’s the point?

The triple crises of peak oil, climate change, and economic recession (or depression) necessitate new ways of thinking and living so that individuals and communities can thrive in the coming decades. To learn more, we recommend the following books:

What is permaculture?

“The conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.”

Visit permacultureprinciples.com to learn more!

In GAPV, we extend the meaning of permaculture to include 1) permaculture of the body (as its own ecosystem, requiring a healthy lifestyle to maintain health), permaculture of the mind (as its own ecosystem, which includes honoring and integrating shadow elements within the self); 2) interpersonal permaculture (as its own ecosystem, including mutual shadow work, group shadow work, shadow work between any group and its larger context: all of these require the recognition and taking back of “projections” in order to dissolve conflicts that arise.

Why create an ecovillage? What’s the point?

The triple crises of peak oil, climate change, and economic recession (or depression) necessitate new ways of thinking and living so that individuals and communities can thrive in the coming decades. To learn more, we recommend the following books:

§ Overshoot (William Catton)

§ The Long Emergency (James Kunstler)

§ Storms of My Grandchildren (James Hansen)

§ The Ascent of Humanity (Charles Eisenstein)

The End of Growth (Richard Heinberg)